December 15, 2020

Faculty and Staff


Behzad Dayanim he|him|his
Executive Director, Collaborative Learning Project, Inc.
Executive Director, Tremont School

Behzad is a visionary educational leader with a rich, eclectic background. A relationship builder to the core, he brings his passion for community building along with deep experience in strategic marketing, design, and communication to Tremont School. He has a deep understanding of our roots and a vision for the future. Having served in various creative and professional roles, Behzad brings a wealth of experience as a head of school, chief learning officer, seasoned experiential educator, accomplished musical performer, visual artist, and strategic marketing and education consultant. Behzad earned a double master’s degree from Brandeis University in Business Administration, from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, and in Communal Service and Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz & Commercial Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. After school, you can find Behzad in the music room playing drums with the student rock band.

Gretchen Fogelstrom she|her|hers
Director of Teaching & Learning

Gretchen has had the great opportunity to explore the world, first in her career in sustainable development and later as a humanities teacher. Originally from Oregon, she received her BS from Oregon State University where she was on the rowing (crew) team. After a short stint working in the computer software industry in California, Gretchen knew her desire to make a difference in the world was a priority. She went back to school and obtained a MA from the School for International Training in Vermont, which launched her career working internationally in community development. While consulting with Conservation International in Guatemala, she co-founded a company focused on training villagers in micro-enterprise development and ecotourism. She then worked as the Director of a small resort off the coast of Borneo, helping to transform it into a “green” resort. Realizing that she loved to teach and mentor, she returned to the US and joined Teach For America on the border of Mexico in Texas. This launched her educator career. Since then, she has taught every grade from third through community college in the US, Nigeria, Myanmar, China, and Mexico. Before joining Tremont, Gretchen was the School Director for a secondary school in Tanzania. Returning to the US again, she began looking for a school that centered on hands-on learning and critical thinking skills with the primary focus on the student and their needs. Tremont handsomely fit this bill. Gretchen loves to hike, kayak, paint, and dance. 


Sue Cogswell she|her|hers
Middle School Humanities Teacher

Sue has taught middle school students for over 15 years. Before coming to Tremont School, she spent 12 years teaching in Boston at a full inclusion middle school and tutored students in ELA and executive function skills. Sue grew up in Connecticut, and received her Bachelors in Psychology from Stonehill College, with a minor in Education. After working for a few years in the mental health field and a short stint in California, she began her formal teaching career by receiving a Masters in Special Education from Wheelock College. When she is not teaching, Sue likes cooking, baking (yes they are different), hiking, biking and spending time with her friends and family (including the fluffy ones).

Caroline Hubbard she|her|hers
Middle School Teacher

Caroline recently graduated from Boston College’s Graduate School of Education where she taught both remote and in-person classes. Prior to formal classroom teaching, Caroline taught dance at the West Roxbury School of Dance and Musical Theatre Dance at Laura’s Center for the Arts at the South Shore YMCA. She enjoys bringing her theatre background to the Tremont School and embracing the creative side of learning. In addition to theatre and dance, Caroline loves doing jigsaw puzzles as quickly as possible. She is looking forward to helping students embrace their own creativity as they become more confident learners. 

Tore Kapstad he|him|his
High School Humanities Teacher

Tore has taught at the middle and high school level for over 20 years, teaching courses in World History, US History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics, Humanities, ELA, Literature, Writing, Comparative World Religion, and a number of elective courses. He has taught in progressive public and private schools in New York City and Boston, MA. A graduate of Middlebury College and Teachers College of Columbia University, Tore is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies-History and also a certified ESL teacher. When not in the classroom, Tore enjoys sports, music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He is waiting sometimes patiently and other times impatiently for the start of the next soccer World Cup.

Ian Murphy he|him|his
High School Math Teacher

Ian has over 15 years of teaching experience and teaches courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. His primary passion as a teacher is to help students reflect deeply about the way they think and learn and develop self-awareness as students and young adults. Ian graduated from The Citadel with a degree in English, and from Cambridge College with a Masters degree in education. While at the Citadel, Ian served in the US Army and graduated from Airborne School. Prior to becoming a teacher, he wrote for a travel magazine, ran a martial arts dojo, trained dogs, and coached youth sports. Ian is equally passionate about yoga and the Patriots, animals and all things Star Wars. On the weekends, he’s usually hiking with his wife, son, daughter and dogs Moby and Cookie.

Nicole Notaro she|her|hers
High School Integrated Science Teacher

Nicole brings over 14 years of teaching experience to her role as Tremont’s High School Science Teacher, blending biology, chemistry, physics and geoscience into a curriculum that promotes the development and application of reasoning skills and concepts within, between, and beyond traditional curricular boundaries. Before moving to Tremont, she taught for six years at the Acera School and prior to that at the Atrium School. Nicole’s areas of professional expertise include STEAM instruction, Executive Function coaching, Social Emotional Learning, Research and Curriculum Development, Making Connections & Creativity, Problem-solving & Team Planning. Nicole is a graduate of Tufts University and lives with her long-time partner, Brandon, and dog, Scout. A longtime sailor, her other hobbies include audio installation, auto repair, construction, hiking, and yoga.

Faculty Specialists

Kathleen Buchanan she|her|hers
Learning Support Coordinator

Kathy is an experienced special education teacher and administrator skilled in supporting a wide range of learners to achieve lifelong learning success. With her Army officer husband, she has lived and taught in public and private schools in Virginia, Germany, West Point, New York, and Maine. Kathy developed special education programs in Bangor, Maine and at Cottage Hill Academy in Massachusetts, and was the Director of Special Education for 10 years for Clinton (MA) Public Schools. She graduated from Ladycliff College with a BA in Psychology and Special Education, the University of Maine at Orono with a Master’s in Special Education, and American International College with a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration. Kathy and her husband have a daughter and a son and two grandchildren, including one with significant special needs. Most of her time away from Tremont is spent spoiling her grandkids!

Tori Campbell she|her|hers
Health and Wellness Teacher & Linguistics Teacher
Student Life Coordinator

Tori grew up in Boulder, Colorado and went to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in French and Russian. That led to a 20-year career as an Army intelligence officer, serving around the US and in Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. Along the way, she commanded a company, went to grad school (the first time), taught history and coached orienteering at West Point, and served as a project officer at the Pentagon. She is married to her West Point classmate, Jon, and they have two kids: Anna (16) and Peter (14). After Jon and Tori transitioned from military service in 2016, the whole family took time off from work and school and traveled for a few years, including a lot of backpacking, camping, and orienteering. During this time, Tori realized that although she loved intelligence work, she was more passionate about making a difference in education. She recently completed graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and says the opportunity to become a part of Tremont feels like coming home to her.

Sara Catanese she|her|hers 
STEM Coordinator & Middle School Teacher

Sara brings experiences in teaching different areas of Science, psychosocial research, and mental health counseling, as well as a background in Health Science & Biology, and Psychology to her educational approach. She is excited to engage in a community like Tremont that celebrates curiosity and promotes a desire to explore, create and collaborate as we broaden our knowledge and develop useful tools and skills. In particular, she is excited to learn with and from her students, exploring their ideas and integrating real-world ‘citizen science’ projects into the classroom. Her other interests include web design, learning (or trying to learn) different coding languages, running, reading, and spending time with loved ones.  

Lynn Crowley she|her|hers 
Middle School Teacher & Executive Function Specialist

Chris Nifong he|him|his 
Music Specialist

Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who is currently completing his graduate degree  from Berklee College of Music. He has been involved with Tremont in the past and is excited to re-engage with our community as one of our music faculty. Chris is devoted to empowering students to create and believes that music can be a terrific vehicle for building social connections and community. Chris will be offering a range of musical options this year.  

Cara Salomone she|her|hers  
Living Curriculum Coordinator
Middle School Support

Cara comes to Tremont with a decade of diverse experience in schools and educational  organizations. Through roles such as classroom teacher, program manager, and learning designer, she has created curricula and communities that celebrate the individuality of students. She shines when helping learners move past their limiting beliefs to become the best versions of themselves. For this reason, Tremont’s approach to learning captivated Cara from the moment she heard about it several years ago. She is thrilled to join the staff to further articulate and integrate Tremont’s Living Curriculum approach to learning. Cara studied Psychology, Spanish, and Social Justice at Boston College and received her Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on the Cognitive Science of Learning. She is a Chicago native but has also lived in Texas, California, and New York as an adult. In her free time, she can be found crawling around with her 9-month-old son, Jesse, cooking up a new recipe, or hiking through the woods of New England with her husband, Anthony.  

Heather Scott she|her|hers  
Integrated Arts Coordinator
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Heather has been teaching art for eleven years, and started in the public sector before moving to independent schools. She comes most recently from Austin Preparatory School, where she developed the visual arts program and all the visual arts courses that are offered there. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Art from Salem State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston. Her illustrations have been featured in various art shows, and recently won “Best of Show.” Heather believes strongly in Tremont School’s mission and is driven to help her students reach their full creative potential. When she’s not teaching, Heather enjoys reading, boxing, and spending time with her husband, young daughter, and dog, Jake. 

Kara Vanasse she|her|hers  
School Counselor

Kara comes to Tremont with significant experience with in-home, community and facility based treatment. Originally from RI, she moved to Massachusetts 5 years ago after completing her graduate degree in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven. Kara has worked with kids and families in intensive in-home and community based settings, as well as in residential treatment facilities for specific categories of mental and physical health difficulties. She is excited to work with the teachers, families, and students at Tremont as she believes that academic success is rooted in social and emotional skill building. Kara has extensive practice with utilizing CPS with children, families, supports, and in everyday life. In her down time, Kara enjoys reading, painting, cooking/baking, and finding new hiking trails with her dog, Atticus.


Suzie Kornblum she|her|hers
Director of Admissions

Suzie has 30 years of experience in teaching, education and non-profit administration. Most recently, Suzie was the Executive Director of Sudbury Extended Day, the Before and After School Care Program in Sudbury, MA. Her prior roles include heading the Business Office at Concord Children’s Center for 6 years, and serving as Director of Admissions at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the early elementary grades. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Suzie earned her BA in History from Dartmouth College, with a minor in Education. She received her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. When not at Tremont, Suzie enjoys watching movies and Boston sports events with her husband and three sons, playing piano, knitting, reading, and walking her two dogs, Kaiser and Mittsy.

Loring Brinckerhoff he|him|his
College Guidance Team

Loring is a nationally recognized authority on college students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. He has 35 years of experience in the field of higher education and disabilities. Last year he retired as the Director of the Office of Disability Policy for Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. He is also a higher education and disability consultant to Harvard Law School and Columbia University. Loring co-authored one the leading textbooks in the field, Postsecondary Education and Transition for Students with Learning Disabilities, as well as dozens of articles and book chapters for parents and professionals on high-stakes testing, disability documentation, transition from high school to college and self-advocacy skills for adolescents with disabilities. He earned his Ph.D. in learning disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he started the LD Support Services office in the McBurney Resource Center. He is the past president of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Loring has three grandchildren in San Francisco and resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tiwi Mhlanga she|her|hers
Office Manager
Part-time Assistant Teacher

Tiwi brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to her role as Tremont’s Office Manager. She has over 10 years of experience working in Africa, China and the Boston-area for community-based service organizations, international schools, and business training programs. Tiwi provides administrative support in the areas of program management, scheduling, and communications, along with relationship building and supporting students and our whole community. She holds several advanced degrees in marketing, business administration, education leadership and policy, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Tiwi is passionate about progressive education and hopes to someday found a school of her own. Tiwi loves live music and dance. She spends her free time following and learning new dance moves from around the world!

Jodi Tippett, R.N. she|her|hers
School Nurse

Jodi has been a school nurse for 17 years, and a summer camp nurse for 20 years. She has a master’s degree from Boston College in psychiatric and mental health nursing, and she worked for many years as an adult psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. Jodi views every encounter with those in the school community as an opportunity to build  relationships, and to increase the community’s knowledge of health and wellness. She finds working with children and their families very rewarding. Jodi is the proud parent of a 5th grade teacher in Acton. Her first career was in software, and she actually worked in the same neighborhood on Virginia Road as a technical support engineer, technical support manager, and a quality assurance engineer. Jodi lives with her husband and two Siberian cats. Her hobbies include fused glass, gardening, and watching the seasons change while on long walks.

Veronica Loh she|her|hers
Business Associate

Veronica is a professional accountant helping to provide accounting and business support to the Tremont School. Her background is in audit and financial control, having worked predominantly in the financial industry in the UK, Cayman Islands and the US. Veronica is a CFA Charterholder and an Associate Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. When not working, Veronica loves to read, garden and bake for her family. She also scuba dives and enjoys visiting other countries around the world.

Maile Munson, LICSW she|her|hers
Consultant in Collaborative Proactive Solutions

Maile has more than 20 years of experience supporting students in various school settings, and is dedicated to supporting young people, families, schools, and communities to enable success through building skills and developing positive, sustainable relationships. She is consulting with Tremont School to train faculty and staff in Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS), to implement faculty professional development in executive function skill-building, and to lead CPS parent education programs. Maile previously served as Tremont School’s Dean of Students where she oversaw the social, emotional, and academic well-being of the student body. In addition to her license in clinical social work, she is certified as a provider and trainer for the CPS model through Lives in the Balance and conducts a private counseling practice. She is also the Director of Advocacy for Lives in the Balance. On the personal side, Maile enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, running, and time with her family.